With the Patriots’ receiving corps now nearly unrecognizable from the unit the team fielded last season, Bill Belichick will count on a stable of newcomers to stabilize the passing game.
One of those new faces is former Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, but a number of Patriots wideout hopefuls entering training camp have never played an NFL game.
At the top of that list are second-round draft pick Aaron Dobson, fourth-rounder Josh Boyce and undrafted rookie Kenbrell Thompkins, who — especially after the release of veteran Donald Jones last week — will all likely spend time catching passes from Tom Brady this season.
The Patriots have been traditionally terrible at drafting quality wide receivers (see: Brandon Tate, Chad Jackson, etc.), but with only Julian Edelman and special-teamer Matthew Slater remaining from last year’s crew of wideouts, getting production out of these young guys will be crucial to New England’s success on offense this season.